It had been a long time since Jessica Barkman had met a match of wits. Life truly has changed since her graduation at Hogwarts and the loss of her boyfriend due to a large amount of distance. Who would have known that the vast amount of distance wasn't something that was on purpose. The scream fight between the former reporter and the Quidditch star Jake Alki revealed a lot about their past relationship. Basically, it brought to Jessica's fogged mind how much she missed him and apparently, how much he missed her. He claimed to be sending her letters when they were apart but she never got them. She was also writing letters and keeping copies of them. This, of course, wasn't brought to his attention until she dropped the box full of letters onto her coffee table in her small apartment. But that was just a few weeks ago.
The bus ride to the Quidditch Pitch where they agreed to meet was very uncomfortable. Gripping onto the bar handle as she stood in the middle of the crowded double decker bus, she closed her green eyes and took in a deep breath. She would be with Jake, she would be safe. Her fear of heights and lack of control brooms shouldn't be something that caused this much fear in her. Was it the fear of heights? Her lack of control? The falling? Or is it just the end result of landing? Something along those lines but she did lose their small game of pool and instead of trying to talk him into making the game a 'best out of three' she had to live with the fact that she lost. Man, if only she had made that last shot; he could have just bought her dinner. If you’re not afraid of calories, that would have been much less scary than the idea of flying. The only thing that Jessica could do was remind her that she would be safe; she would be with Jake.
Climbing off at the proper stop, she found herself wishing she had owned a car. But that wasn't something that could be fixed at the moment, instead she had to just put in other applications and resumes to different newspapers in hopes that they will hire her. Aurora, Jake's crazy ex-girlfriend and daughter to the owner of the team Jake played for, cost Jessica her former job due to the fact that Jake and her were back in touch. The fear of losing Jake to his former girlfriend and newly revived best friend was something she couldn't bare. In hopes of destroying their friendship, Aurora took it upon herself to take every step needed to make Jessica look like a bad guy. Mouthing off to her and even slapping Jessica hard enough to leave a hand print upon her face; she got the reaction from Jessica she was hoping, violence. The little blonde girl was never one for fighting, in fact in their time at Hogwarts, it was Jessica, the Gryffindor, getting in the way of Jake, the Slytherin, and preventing him from fighting by talking down his aggressive side. Yes, surprisingly enough he listened. And more so, he made her his girlfriend. But that... that's in the past. When Jessica gave up hope on Jake ever returning into her life, she began to start fending for herself. Finding ways to grow into the woman that was now walking up the pathway to the stadium; from working out to karate, the young lady became a woman and wasn't afraid to put her foot down. Especially when one of his teammates asked her out on a date; it was supposed to be fun until he tried to touch her in uncomfortable places. The situation, and date, ended with her smacking his head against the pool table and throwing him to the floor. A rough way for such a big Quidditch star to go down wouldn't you say?
Arriving at the field wasn't at scary as she had thought. It was normal for the gates to be open and vandalism didn't dare show up around the Pitch because too many people would be mad, with that freedom Jessica wondered inside. Sliding her hands into the pockets of her dark green jacket, she let out a long sigh still shaking inside. Half of her was sure it was from the fear of flying again and the other half; well it didn't know what it was scared of. Jake and her had spent a lot of time together and he even saw her in a drunken state that she was very embarrassed about. But that didn't stop him from wanting to hang out with her. Her sneakers brushed against the clean dry grass as her stroll took her out onto the field. Zipping up the jacket to protect her body from the light breeze she let out a long sigh. The memory of saving Jake from his fall was very strong and even more so was her small fist curled into a ball and impacting against that snooty rich girl's face. The Muggleborn VS the Pureblood, it was Hogwarts all over again and just when she thought she could escape the drama, it was back in her life. Jessica worked hard for the small one bedroom apartment she lived in; and Aurora had never worked a day in her life. That woman's definition of 'work' is carrying her own bags to her car from shopping.
Jessica's face scrunched together in thought as she shook her head. Aurora wasn't good for Jake, simple as that. It's too bad it took the women going at each other like angry cats for him to see that but it was enough. The battle raged inside of her head weather she should feel bad for punching the woman in the face and knocking her out. One part of her felt bad; Jessica had the strength over the skinny brunette due to working out and her physical karate training but, at the same time; the woman did slap Jessica so hard in the face that she stumbled and it left a red handprint against her cheek. Was it fair to return that favor with one of her own? A black eye and a possible concussion? Maybe, maybe not. It couldn't be at bad considering Jake and her went out for drinks and playing pool. It would also be the pot calling the kettle black; Jake had a streak of being a rough person. Finding fights and going for them throughout Hogwarts until he met Jessica who could calm his ever flaring temper. Even now he still had that side of him, but it wasn't as bad as it used to be. Plus there was a lovely photo floating around from the press that night of her date with his teammate of Jake punching the teammate in the face. Whether she could believe it or couldn't. He did still care about her.
A knot formed in her stomach as she turned around, starting back towards where she came from. What kind of 'caring' was it? Did he care about her as a friend? Or were there still feelings and emotions of love there. They had been apart seven years before coming back together. Could he still have feelings for her like her repressed feelings for him? These feelings were scaring her. Scaring her to the point that her walk picked up into a run. Maybe she could hide out in her little one bedroom apartment. Sure, he knew where she lived but maybe she could convince him to do a picnic on the roof of her apartment building. They’d be up high but she wouldn’t have to feel like she could lose control of the broom.
Running, running running. Soon she made it out the gate and to the parking area. Her run came to a halt as she held up her hand, blocking the oncoming headlights from blinding her. Fortunately, she knew whose headlights they were, unfortunately they were here to prevent her from doing her escape plan. As the car turned off and the light’s disappeared, she watched the built figure rise out of the drive’s side opened door and she gave a little wave. “Hi Jake…” She said softly sliding her hands into the pockets of her blue jeans. Oh this was going to be a scary night for her.